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and john mccain, the man who wanted watergate style hearings, meet. and only cnn catches up with mccain before the big meeting. >> what do you have to learn today from miss rice? >> whatever ambassador rice wants to tell me. she's the one who asked for the meeting. i didn't. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? >>> spyfall, real-life bond movie. yasser arafat's body was exhumed. was the palestinian leader po h poisoned by israeli spies? >>> plus this. >> you said walden is in trouble. >> i'm the trouble walden has been in, repeatedly. >> he calls it filth, the half in "two and a half men" begs you not to watch his show. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a high stakes meeting just minutes from now. this hour, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations will muster all of her diplomatic skills and tiptoe through a political mine field. susan rice meets with republican senator john mccain. as you know, mccain had vehemently opposed her nomination of secretary of state. now he shows signs of softeni
today. all because senator john mccain just signaled he's open to talking things over with one of the top contenders for the job, the u.n. ambassador susan rice. dan lothian's noticed the change in tone. dan's joining us now with more. what's the latest on the successor for hillary clinton, dan? >> reporter: that's right. this is senator, john mccain, who had been working to discredit ambassador rice, had been digging in on this, criticizing her, prompting the president at his news conference to say, if they wanted to go after anyone, they should go after him. now there's a noticeable shift and senator mccain says he's ready to listen. from threat tong block her possible nomination to south korea south korea to a willingness to hear her out, senator john mccain seems to be dialing back his public opposition to ambassador susan rice. >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> reporter: another vocal critic, senator lindsey graham, is still expressing doubts about her but avoided answering whether he would still stand in the wa
give us the definitive answers. i have great respect for senator mccain and his service to our country. i always have and i always will. i do think that some of the statements he made about me have been unfounded. but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> as you well know, senator mccain has led the charge against rice. she may get the chance to talk to him face to face if president obama does, indeed, nominate her to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. she'll see mccain at her senate confirmation hearings. so, can we now move on to what supposedly really matters? why four americans were killed in benghazi. it's thanksgiving. so i'll say sure. political types may have a different take, though. roland martin joins us now in houston with an awful shirt. >> come on now. texas, baby. >> cade dawson, i'm glad you're dressed professionally. >> there you go. >> football is a contact sport, it's important to wear to discuss this story. >> though lion may win. they didn't to do so well against jacksonville, buddy. >> we w
lindsey graham, kelly ayotte and -- >> they were upset. john mccain over the weekend. >> john mccain backed up. >> so it's really cool when she said i'm sorry. >> she did the brave thing and went right in there and said i want to -- >> how did that work. >> and talked about her initial account of the attack and explained to them she was relying on faulty intelligence and talking points from the intelligence community. >> they said? >> they said, you know what, we still don't get it. >> throw the video. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before. >> if you don't know what happened just say you don't know what happened. people can push you to give explanations and i want to say -- >> i'm more troubled today knowing having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice. clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people was wrong, in fact, ambassador r
, mccain, graham and ayotte. >> don't we all have the responsibility before we go out and talk to the american people on all five sunday morning shows for verifying those facts are true? >> the most basic information about what happened on the night of the attack, and what survivors had to say after the attack is not being provided and we'll talk more about that. bill: so you wonder then whether or not they will get the answers they're looking for. whether or not some of these questions will lead to even more questions. they will sit down in about 20 minutes from now. kelly wright is live in washington there. kelly, you're covering this morning. what is the expectation from this meeting on the hill? >> reporter: the expectations bill, they will get down to the bottom of this. at least that's what they will try to do. that is the most fundamental thing to these republican senators. they want to find out exactly what susan rice knew, before, during and after that attack. she has emerged, by the way as a frontrunner and possibly being nominated for secretary of state. if so, she w
mentioned, while senators graham, ayotte and mccain are focused on what susan rice, ambassador rice said on the sunday talk shows, they are not asking any questions at all about the real questions about security there at the consulate in benghazi. that's where their interest and focus and ire should be pointed. not at a u.n. ambassador who went on the sunday talk shows as a spokesperson for the administration giving, imparting the information she was given by the intelligence community. >> and susan, for those just joining us. this happened moments ago in the last hour. i want to remind everyone what the three senators had to say. take a look. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice, i think, does not do justice to the reality at the time. >> clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people was wrong, in fact, ambassador rice said today abs
closed doors with three of her most vocal critics, republican senator john mccain, kelly ayotte and lindsey graham talking behind closed doors to discuss classified material. the acting director of the cia, mike morel, is helping her answer questions and will accompany her to other meetings on the hill this week. an aide to mccain tells cbs news that rice requested this meeting last week and it could be decisive. if she answers mccain's questions to his satisfaction, he says he would support her nomination. >> margaret, what do you think those questions will be from the senators that they want answered? >> reporter: charlie, there are a lot of them. specifically senator mccain has said he wants ambassador rice to explain why she did not mention that within 24 hours of the assault in benghazi that the intelligence community knew that there were links to al qaeda. as you remember, in five different television appearances, she said there was no evidence that the attack was preplanned. now senator mccain has said she misled the public. ambassador rice says she
you both. >>> next, john mccain continues his crusade for the truth about what happened on the sunday talk shows. stay with us on this snowy afternoon. >> so you were wrong about libya. >> i don't think i was wrong about libya at all. >> yes, i do. i know you were. >> no, i was not. >> i snknow you were. anncr: some politicians seem to think medicare and... social security are just numbers in a budget. well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> two republican senators behind the benghazi witch hunt are now vowing to place a hold on any attempt to nominate susan rice as secretary of state. they and john mccain tell reporters their questions about benghazi have gone unanswered. they say ambassador rice didn't answer them in th
vacuum in that region of the world. back here though, senator mccain was talking about susan rise. >> yes. bill: owe is suggesting now she should testify because we need to hear her out. now some have, paed that suggested that he has softened his language. do you see it that way? >> no. i think what he wants to do is get susan rise rise in confirmation hearings. because if she has confirmation hearings, what is the first question, who gave you the talking points? who wrote the cia memos? she will be under oath and have to tell the truth. bill: lindsey graham was out saying i blame the president above everybody else what happened in libya. >> i think what the administration wants to avoid congressional hearings of any sort what really happened. bill: is that possible? >> you bet it is, if they have a confirmation hearing of secretary rice the first question she will be asked who wrote the talking points for you? why did you go out even days later and obvious to every housewife in america it was terrorist attack? why did you go out and continue to blame a youtube video? why did you continue
. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayott. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism as rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night, senator graham rejecting her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us and now we'll listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were told about a spontaneous event caused by video where a mob turned into a riot is less credible than ever. >> she reportedly called the meeting. seems like a smart move. what do you think? >> well, i think it's a smart move for john mccain to take the meeting. they're boxed in. this is not a fight they want right now. it was a stupid fight to pick. they put themselves into a corner and now they've
, to meet with the people you see on your screen here. you have senator john mccain, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte. she went to address concerns they have over statements the ambassador made over the u.s. mission in benghazi on september 11th that left ambassador chris stevens and three other americans dead. i want you to listen to what senator graham, republican south carolina, here, said immediately after the meeting ended. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time, and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong. but here's the key. in real time, it was a statement disconnected from reality. >> and now here is senator ayotte. >> i want to say that i'm more troubled today, knowing -- having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice, because it's certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to al qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy. and clearly the impression that wa
? it seems as though john mccain, senator mccain, has reformed a little bit from his initial criticism. what can we expect on this meeting on the hill today? >> essentially what she's going to do, and she will be with the acting cia director michael morrell, they're going to be answering questions, at least it's expected, answering questions about why she said what she said when she did. in other words, when she went on those sunday talk shows, how much did she know? what were the talking points? did she really know more than the talking points? did she just stick to the talking points? was there more that she could have looked into? and this, again, i think reflects some of the confusion. don't forget, you know, there are three investigations. congressional, fbi, and state. and until those are completed. >> thank you so much, jill. >> a lot of people here in the northeast looking towards the sky this morning. winter storm we hear headed our way. let's get a quick check on the weather with alexandra steele. >> good morning to you guys. quick hitter. rain and snow. we're seeing it move in thi
there was a no love loss between senators graham, mccain and ayotte. vis-a-vis the u.s./u.n. ambassador. were you surprised susan collins went into a new line of attacks specifically indicting susan rice in the kenyan embassy attacks in the late '90 snz. >> yes. it was surprising. from folks i spoke to on capitol hill involved in national security issues did not see susan collins going into that direction. susan collins is a moderate republican, not one to be known to be an obstructionist in any capacity. she was one of the primary sponsors of don't ask, don't tell repeal when that went through last year. so it's interesting to see susan colin goss on this line of attack saying she doesn't want to see the u.n. ambassador be a political spokesperson like susan rice was on the sunday shows. also opening up the new line of attacks when susan rice was in charge during the attacks in africa. that is something to a chill observer seems like okay, susan collins has done her research, that would be brought up in a confirmation hearing specifically saying why did you fail the country supposedly back in th
arizona senator john mccain insisted he do everything in his power to block rice's potential nomination to become secretary of state. he blasted her for telling americans the september attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was triggered by an anti-islam video. mccain now dialing it back a bit on the sunday morning talk shows. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position, and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> rice claims everything she says in the aftermath of the benghazi attack was based on information provided by u.s. intelligence officials. >>> the defending super bowl champion new york giants, it was good. a 38-10 drubbing of the green bay packers last night. eli manning threw three touchdown passes to end a two-game losing streak and knock the packers out of first place. their first place tie with chicago in the nfc north, and check this out, third quarter showers. causing a delay in the seahawks/dolphin game in miami. the stadium sprinkler system mal functioned. it thought it was saturday. the pl
met with because they had been among her harshest critics, senators graham and mccain. today's meeting was different because she met with a republican who was among the remaining centerist republicans in the senate -- one of the most likely to throw susan rice a lifeline. it didn't happen. >> i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election campaign. >> reporter: after meeting with rice for more than an hour, collins emerged questioning her judgment in giving the public what turned out to be incorrect information in the days after the deadly attack in benghazi. and the main republican was lukewarm about the prospect of rice as secretary of state. if president obama were to nominate susan rice to be the next secretary of state, could you support that nomination? >> i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. >> reporter: collins has gone out of her way to support rice in the past. even introducing rice family ties to maine at a c
asking people. the other day john mccain, a senator, suggested that president obama ask former president bill clinton to serve as a special envoy to try to revive israeli palestinian peace negotiations. george mitchell did it until about a year and a half ago. hillary clinton is leaving the state department. do you think that's a good idea? >> i have the highest regard for president clinton. i think he's an outstanding person. he is the most sunny president i can think of. but it's not for me to nominate american president. >> would he be welcome, as a mediator, as a negotiator? >> i don't want to answer because i think the president of the united states should be free to make his choice, and i think we should respect his choice. but i don't think it's proper for they to indicate we have any favor. i assure you that our respect for the president obama and for clinton, for whom i have the highest regard as well. but in america, that is a decision for the american president. >> there's more of my interview coming up with shimo peres. and something president obama did that peres said israel
possible sign of compromise in washington? republican senator john mccain now says he is open to changing his mind on susan rice if she's nominated to become the next secretary of state. mccain has been one of her most vocal critics. the current u.s. ambassador to the united nations has been criticized. mccain now says he will not block rice's nomination and he'll give her a chance to explain. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> rice has said that her description of the attack was based on the best intelligence at the moment. republicans have accused her of downplaying an obvious terrorist attack for political motives. >>> other stories we're watching this morning, a huge gas explosion in springfield, massachusetts, that hurt 21 people was the result of human error. the state fire marshal's office says a utility worker inadvertently poked a hole in a high pressure gas line. that line was incorrectly indicated by sidewalk markings. on friday afternoon the gas bu
on the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. senator john mccain is chief among her critics, but he has since backed off his threat to block her nomination. the two are set to meet tuesday. what a fascinating chat that will be. >> i'm sure they will embrace. >>> also on capitol hill, signs of a growing republican revolt. lawmakers who promised not to raise taxes are now reconsidering. >> they're trying to avoid the fiscal cliff, which looms in just more than a month. abc's karen travers is in washington with the latest. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. there seems to be a realization sinking in for lawmakers from both parties that they're going to have to compromise to reach a deal. but for many republicans, that may mean breaking a long-standing pledge on taxes. >> reporter: the senate's back in session, and the countdown to the fiscal cliff now stands at five weeks. if congress doesn't act, $650 billion in spending cuts and tax increases automatically go into effect on january 1. there are now increasing signs that republicans may be willin
mccain who has lots of criticism of the russian government, she is, i think, known as someone who uses very frank language that you can't use on tv. i think it is -- >> is that a bad thing, frank language? >> you know, i can't find any specific examples where her use of language has resulted in a negative or a positive outcome. so it is part of her style. it is part of her personality. she's at the same time quite personable and charming and comfortable in the sort of, you know, sort of, you know, among the diplomatic crowds, so i think it is -- she's the american ambassador. everyone's got to deal with her, got to deal with her on her terms. i don't know that impedes her ability to get work done. >> we shall see what will happen. colin lynch, nice to see you. thank you. >>> and from meeting with the president to changing diapers, how does yahoo's new ceo do it all? and what does the late football coach vince lombardi have to do with her success? we'll find out ahead. g? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three
with senator john mccain. before the hamas/israel, flared up. susan rice, she said, initially, basically, her talking points she went on sunday shows with came from fbi and cia not the white house and state department. which kind of threw a little bit of water on some critics who were arguing that her initial response was somehow politically motivated to protect the president. >> and now she's saying she would love to discuss everything with john mccain personally. i fiend interesting. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall of that discussion. >> definitely. >>> now, to the stunning resignation of congressman jesse jackson jr. he is giving of his seat after 17 years in the house. jackson won re-election though in the mayo clinic at the time being treated for bipolar disorder. now, in his resignation letter, he said his deteriorating health is diminishing his ability to serve. jackson reportedly facing a federal investigation as well into possible misuse of campaign funds. >>> okay. if you are not already where you want to be to celebrate turkey day, now might be the time, the perfect ti
should tell you, with the acting director of the cia. listen to what john mccain said, one of the chief critics. listen to what he said after the meeting. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate, the tragic deaths of four brave americans, and whether ambassador rice was prepared or informed sufficiently in order to give the american people a correct depiction of the events that took place. >> so the question is, why are they more troubled? what did she tell them that makes them so much more upset? i spoke to senator ayotte, she said when you are in a position of in her words, significant response as susan rice was, that she has a responsibility to ask more questions before she goes out and gives the public what we know are -- were misleading -- misleading information about what really happened in benghazi. that's the crux of the reason why these republican senators are more upset. i've been doing reporting sense this meeting and the source i spoke w
ridiculed hillary clinton's foreign policy experience and called john mccain reckless and confused. if the president does nominate her, those who know susan rice well say she's more than up for the fight, and although it would be a bruising confirmation battle, she almost certainly would have the votes to be confirmed. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> interesting parallel that story points out between condoleezza, confirmation process, and this one. "the washington post," interesting profile, i like the human nuggets they find. as u.n. ambassador she gained a reputation for sharp intellect. and sharp elbows. she is not known for diplomatic finesse, known for being aggressive sometimes too aggressive and using salty language on occasion. in private she has a good sense of humor. trying to dig up some humanity on her as well, but clearly she's a bulldog behind closed doors. >> they wouldn't indicate whether or not they would block the nomination if it gets to the point. the president has not nominated her to this point, we just want to make that clear. but some of the beef th
. >> mccain has suggested that. hat but ayotte has not. this reminds you of, say, jesse helms who once put a blanket hold on all clinton ambassadors, on all 400 people at one point, because he wanted attention paid. senator shelby put a hold on tions from tfrom the obama administration based on a tanker senators say on thes say i'm going to put a hold to bang on the table. timee they serious about it, f thatg a hold on her nomination if that nomination comes? >> >> i thenk if they don't get the answers, they will. if they don't get the answers isy want. the question is whether they can get the answers. >> the president is off on a the pr trip trying to sell the ideas he wants. >> tax rates will go up for the wealthy and republicans say we voteever going to vote for thy.hing where tax rates will go cole, the wealthy. but congressman cole is a ed in acan in the house who has uggested a report in politico that maybe republicans should wy, okay, we'll let rates go up for the wealthy temporarily as part of a two-part deal. nd'll let those rates go up at his argu have comprehensive tax reform. b
a concealed weapon here at shooters world in phoenix. there's even a ladies night. home to senator john mccain, governor jan brewer and sheriff joe arpaio. the rise all the more surprising the first openly bisexual member of the u.s. congress raised mormon but has been called an atheist. do you believe in god? >> you know, i'm not a member of any faith community. and i think that faith is a deeply personal issue that individuals should deal with in their private lives. >> meet radical left wing activist -- >> reporter: her opponents label her everything from a communist to a witch in one of the most hard-fought and expensive house races in the country. >> outside groups came in and spent a lot of money trying to tell a story about me that wasn't true. >> reporter: one of four kids growing up her family homeless for two years, her resume all the more impressive. a masters in law degree and a ph.d.. she even runs marathons and triathlons, tough, competitive, ambitious, a new voice in a state that may be changing. miguel marquez, cnn, phoenix. she's an impressive new member of congress out there.
a great deal of his team. >> senator mccain is absolutely right. those of us who served with bob dole revere bob dole. he's such a stalwart figure in the history of america. he had all the qualities of a leader that i admire and certainly wish i had. he had a great sense of humor. no one that's ever served in the senate has ever had a better, quicker sense of humor than bob dole. he used it to perfection. >> former senator dole lost the use of one of his arms when he was wounded during world war ii. >> and the u.s. navvy wants to replace the aging fleet of marine one helicopters. the navy plans to buy 25 new helicopters used to transport the president. that's a draft request. the first of the helicopters would be ready in 2020. >>> in illinois, an election up in the air, and decided by a coin toss. right there, the candidates for dewitt county board seat were tied at 827 votes each. so the county clerk tossed a quarter and heads gave the election to the challenger, although he was pleased with the outcome, he said he considered the coin toss gambling, of which he does not approve. thi
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